Zendaya has been a beacon of inspiration as of late. She blew us away with her empowering聽speech at the Teen Choice Awards, encouraging teens to pursue education and become the leaders of tomorrow. Now that she鈥檚 21, the role model continues to be an example for her young fanbase, sending out a powerful message that you don鈥檛 need to drink to have fun.

In fact, the young starlet celebrated her major birthday milestone yesterday by *not* having any alcohol. She explained her decision in a short note on her website, writing, 鈥淭oday I turn 21! Holla!!! But just because I鈥檓 now the legal drinking age, doesn鈥檛 mean I鈥檓 going to start throwing 鈥檈m back. I don鈥檛 plan to start drinking.鈥

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Taking pictures in front of my roses and shit...

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She had good reason for her decision. As she shared with fans, 鈥淢y life is too stressful to need help with relaxing by having a cocktail. This industry is way too nuts for me to not be in control of myself and my decisions, so I just don鈥檛 want to introduce drinking! Plus, I don鈥檛 want drinking to become a vice. Why try something if you don鈥檛 need it?!鈥 So true, girl!

Meanwhile, Zendaya鈥檚 Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star, Tom Holland (and erroneously rumored beau), helped her make the most of her big day with a hilarious Instagram post full of well-wishes. 鈥淭hinking about how to get taller 馃槀,鈥 the 21-year-old wrote on a shot of the two back-to-back. 鈥淗appy birthday mate. Miss you and I鈥檒l have a drink for you. #21stbirthday.鈥 Too cute!

As for the 鈥淜eep It Movin鈥 singer herself, she was busy promoting Convoy of Hope in support of Hurricane Harvey victims. 鈥淎s you guys know, every year I like to do a very special project and help give back to the community or the world,鈥 she shared in a video post. 鈥淭his year, unfortunately, due to everything that鈥檚 been happening in Houston, I have partnered with Convoy of Hope.鈥 Explaining that the organization had already donated 500,000 pounds in relief supplies, she pleaded with fans to donate $10 to the cause by texting ZHOPE to 50555 or logging on to the website as her birthday wish. Here鈥檚 to hoping it comes true!

Happy birthday, Zendaya!

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